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Stephen A. Douglas (Brandon/1957)
STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS
Opponent of Abraham Lincoln
The 'little giant' of national politics,
born in Brandon in 1813, moved to
Middlebury to learn cabinetmaking.
Returning to Brandon, he attended the Academy.
Moving to Illinois in 1833, his career
merged with the stream of national politics,
reaching the height in his famous debates
with Abraham Lincoln in 1858.
Although Lincoln's opponent during the
campaign, he supported the Union
until his death in June, 1861.
12 Grove Street, in front of the Brandon Museum. See also the monument, across the street.
Contributed by Kathy Valloch.